St. Paul, MN - Today, House Speaker Melissa Hortman announced the appointment of Rep. Michael Howard (DFL – Richfield) as the incoming chair of the Housing Committee in the Minnesota House for the upcoming legislative session. Rep. Howard released the following statement:
“I am deeply honored to step into this role at such a pivotal time on an issue of utmost importance for Minnesotans. I want to thank Rep. Alice Hausman for her steadfast leadership and mentorship in this role, and Speaker Hortman for entrusting it to me.
“There’s no place like home, yet this basic necessity is unattainable for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans and our housing crisis is only getting worse. The good news? Together, we have the power to change course. Through a bold vision that challenges the status quo and one that centers the voices of Minnesotans, we can create a future where a safe, affordable home is attainable for everyone.
“Whether we are seeking to eliminate racial disparities, improve educational outcomes for kids, or grow our economy across the state, all roads lead back to home. Minnesota will not reach its full potential until we answer our obligation to solve our housing crisis. I believe we are up to the challenge.”
Rep. Howard previously served as Vice Chair of the committee since 2019. The 2023 Legislative Session begins on January 3.